Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Week 6 City and Guilds Level 1 Certificate in Textiles 7161

 City and Guilds Level 1 Certificate in Textiles 7161

Week 6 The Colour Wheel

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At last we have colour in our City and Guild life, although, I think secretly the ladies have enjoyed using black and white now that some have completed their first piece of machine embroidery. Now being made into book covers to store all their information and inspiration on line. (not the internet you understand but actual lines made by which ever medium they have chosen).

Now I know this blog is going to annoy me because every time I write colour it's going to put a red ziggy zag line under neath telling me I am not spelling it correctly, but here in Britain we like to use the "u" and I suppose I will just have to put up with it. Although I feel like I am 7 or 8 years of age again when my English teacher constantly marked my work with a red pen telling me I wasn't good enough at 7 I ask you? I'm afraid that's how I felt a lot through out my school years, I didn't have many encouraging teachers and sewing/needlework and Home Economics were there to teach you how to be a good wife rather than a career opportunity.

I was chatting with one of the ladies/students (i never quite know what to call them) and she had a similar start, art and needlework not being taken seriously as subjects and there fore not encourage to search for a career in those areas. I mentioned that my sewing tutor calmly told me that she thought that I would not be capable of gaining an A at O level even though I had made a 3 piece suit and an embroidered floor cushion, what more did she want from a 16 year old. But I am sad to say it put me off for many years ending up in Catering college for Hotel Management and I hated every minute:(
I really would have loved to have gone to art college or studied at the Royal School of Needlework but that wasn't to be, because if your teacher thinks your not good enough then who was I to argue!
But Ann, we are doing it now and that's all that matters!!!!

Encouragement and constructive criticism are key to teaching and patience and I hope that is what I bring to the students, I have been where you are now and I remember it well!! feeling quite lost and not at all sure of what I was doing, so I sympathize and can only say as the weeks go by you will begin to understand unit and assessment guides, criteria marking, cross referencing and then you can get on with the fun stuff of paint sloshing, stitching and machining with wild abandon, creating wonderful works of art you never thought you were capable of. I will be there 100% cheering you on!

I don't have much visuals for you this week I'm afraid, but next week we should have a few more colour wheels completed and making a start on a colour wheel collage. The students then have to hand embroider a colour wheel in an innovative way which I am really forward to. 
Don't forget to make a comment below we would love to hear your feed back about our journey into the world of textile art and if you don't have time to sew, draw, paint ......Make some!!!!
It brings much reward!!

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